Weekly Recap 11/16-11/22

I felt pretty good this week. It was still a light week so I took the opportunity to run a few times without any regard to time and just get the distance in. I think that, and just taking my easy runs well, easy, helped. It’s also less of a hurdle to me to not have to care about the time or pace on a run after I’m done lifting. I feel pretty thrashed after lifting and trying to keep my pace up is more of a chore than a challenge. I think just having one main focus helps keep me from feeling overwhelmed and then apathetic in the gym.

I’ve also noticed that how I’m feeling emotionally plays a big role in how much effort I feel like I can give that day. Since living here is like living in a hamster cage, there’s lots of time to marinate in emotions and little things can become big things because you don’t have much else to distract you from thinking about it over and over.

Sometimes I try to run with all of this weighing me down and it doesn’t usually work so well. If there’s a good movie on, or I have a really good podcast I can shed the cares and focus on the run, but it doesn’t always happen.

I’m still really happy with my lifting program. I got up to 175 on my squats, 125 on my deadlifts, I can do my back extensions with 22 pounds now, and I can bench press 97 pounds. That was all one set max, except for the back extensions. I only do three sets of those so I do one warm-up set and the other two are working weight. My goals for this week are to keep working at making these weights my working weight and another 10 or 20 pounds my maximum weight.

It’s hard to believe I’m only about six weeks from Dopey. I decided to splurge and booked the race retreat for the race mornings of the half and full marathon. I’ve never tried it before so I thought it would be fun to try it out and see if it’s worth the cost in the future.





Weekly Recap 10/26-11/1

I am SO excited that it’s a new month! I finished another month in my run streak, got to do a little bit of traveling (and shopping!), bought some new shoes, and best of all, got to turn the page on my monthly calendar.

This week was a little hectic because of work and Monday’s meetings ran right through my usual gym time. I was a little frustrated so I chose to skip dinner and go for a run, though I did such a short run that I still had time to shower, change, and make dinner. Small benefits of being on a tiny compound – everything is less than two minutes away.

I kept with my pledge to do more lifting and did a heavy legs day on Wednesday, thinking the soreness would be worse on Friday than Thursday. Um, no. My leaden legs encouraged me to do my run streak minimum and then spend more time on the bike.

Saturday we did a special “Monster Mash” PT session for an hour. It was a lot of fun, but my back and arms are sore today from all the pull-ups we did (again, I avoid them because I suck at them).

Today was just an easy, hilly run meaning I took the hills as slowly as I wanted.

Tomorrow I’m going to try out a new lifting plan my husband sent me. I’m always game to try something new, and my husband loves lifting so I’m interested to see how this plan is.

Weekly Recap 10/12-10/18

My overall mileage was good this week, but I still missed some distances because I was traveling and didn’t have the ability to go for a long run. I also didn’t expect to be traveling overnight and really wished I had packed more than just a travel blanket and an inflatable pillow – like maybe some earplugs and extra socks and underwear. Where I was for the night was right next to a huge runway so all night I’d be woken up suddenly by the sounds of enormous jets taking off and landing. One was so large that I swore it was the sound of the earth cracking apart.

Needless to say the next morning I was in dire need of coffee and looking a little haggard. Luckily it worked out and I got a flight back and the crew chief let me sit in his seat so I could hang out the window and take awesome pictures and videos the whole way back.

A fairly built-up village in a rural area

More rural

The outskirts of a major city

Anyway, I still got in some decent mileage this week. My 10-mile long run was a shadow of the Valor Run in dedication of all the female service members who have given their lives in service. I had to do it a day early but I think it worked out since I did 10 miles on 10/16 and there’s 160 service members I ran it for.

I was really hoping to make it home same day as my trip, but my meeting was later in the day and there were no more flights that night. On the plus side, I got to watch the new Conan the Barbarian movie in the USO, drink more coffee, see the end of Ratatouille while in the DFAC, confirm that the food at my base is wayyyy better than theirs (cottage cheese and no fruit to put on it? what?), and picked up a free copy of The Joy Luck Club.

Weekly Recap 10/4-10/10

This is a shorter recap since I included last Sunday in the last recap.

I was so glad it was a step-back week. I’ve been so tired all week and some days just getting the mileage in required me to dig deep. On the 8th, I had to take a running break and switch to the elliptical for a little while. I hate the elliptical. I just feel like it’s a useless machine for me. My legs and feet don’t want to work in a mechanically-prescribed way with no adjustment.

I slept for almost 12 hours Thursday night into Friday morning. If my suite mate had been quieter in the bathroom, I don’t know how much longer I might have slept.

As tired as I have been, I’ve been happy that my paces haven’t suffered too much.

I am ridiculously sore this morning from yesterday’s killer session with all the deadlifts and pull-ups. My legs feel fine, it’s mainly my lower back that is really stiff, followed by my upper back. I was lifting my normal weight, 135 lbs, but I don’t usually do 60 reps so I wasn’t surprised by how sore I was. In three months I’ll be done with Dopey and I’m sure my legs will be sore then.

Miles of Clouded Hell

Last night I put off running until the very end of the day and then while running I was also trying to fiddle with my phone and somehow ripped out the emergency stop cord so my run ended abruptly and I lost my overall time and distance. It was enough to completely sour my mood.

I wasn’t quite over being sour this morning when I woke up early for our PT session in memory of 1SG McKenna. The workout looked crazy hard, it was early and I wanted to be sleeping. I hung back at first, but then I forced myself to start.

The workout was 30 minutes, as many rounds as possible. One round was five pull-ups, 10 deadlifts, 15 medicine ball slams, and an approximately 400 meter run on gravel. I got five rounds in and was almost through my 6th when the time ended. (Had I not hung back, I might have gotten six rounds in).

I was feeling strong and my hesitation and moodiness gone so I decided to finish it out with an easy three miles.

Sometimes it just takes getting over yourself to get a workout in. I am so fortunate to have a working body. I am fortunate that I get to spend time working out during the day. 1SG McKenna was by every account, a beast in human form. The night our camp was attacked, he ran towards the sound of gunfire and he saved many, many peoples’ lives with no regard for his own. I am so humbled to wear the same uniform as him and I hope I honored his memory today.

As I was finishing up my run, Imagine Dragons’s song “It’s Time” came on. I’ve always loved the line “The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell/right to the top/don’t look back.” It seemed more appropriate than ever today. RIP Top.

Weekly Recap 9/20-9/26

This week went pretty well. I’m struggling with the long run portion of my training plan because it’s difficult to find enough time in my schedule for a run that increases in length every other week. Right now I think I’m going to try to break it into two smaller runs, but it’s probably unlikely that I’m going to be able to get all the miles in. Based on the hours I work, it’s just not feasible. I’m going to do the best I can with that understanding.

I’m also hoping that since I’ve modified the Galloway plan to exclude walking, that it’ll keep my legs strong even though they’ll be tired.

My mood was all over the place this week and I felt like it was reflected in my workouts. I had some cramping issues on Thursday that shorted my run by a little bit, but since I got a decent distance in I don’t think it was a big thing.

I also learned that there’s a decline on some of our treadmills so now I can do hills and valleys.  I think my goal for the upcoming week is to add more incline/decline variety as a result. I’ve been doing random hills for my workouts, but adding declines will stress my legs in a different but good way. Also, I want to do some more core work. I’ve been neglecting that with my lifting.

Lastly, I think it might be time to start thinking about getting some new shoes. My Brooks Ghosts are starting to wear through around the toes. I thought I’d snagged it on a bush a while back, but I noticed the other day that they’re both showing the same signs of wear. At least I’m consistent, right?

What’s Up With My Supps?

I mentioned a while back that I’d recently added protein powder to my diet. I’m still doing it and loving it. I like knowing that I’m adding a clean source of protein to my diet and having it right after my workout means it’s getting to my muscles when they need it most.

I’ve been doing more reading on lifting and supplements and decided to add two more to my routine. I chose to add BCAAs first. BCAAs are Branched-Chain Amino Acids and work to increase the rate of protein synthesis which translates to muscle gain and maintenance.

The other I added was creatine. Creatine not only boosts endurance but also helps with recovery. I’m hoping it will make my legs less sore after a long run and my arms and back less sore after a heavy workout. Additionally, it also helps with increased muscle mass.

I didn’t plan on buying the same brand, but they were rated very highly on Bodybuilding.com, where I’ve been going for advice, workouts, and now supplements. I bought the creatine in “Snow Cone” flavor and the BCAAs in “Arctic Ice” flavor and while I mixed them both together, they were absolutely delicious. I have a huge sweet tooth so it was great to drink something so tasty and know that it was also good for me, too.

And not a supplement, but I also got my pumpkin spice-flavored high protein peanut butter in this week from Nuts ‘n More. It is delicious, though a tiny bit grainy from the added protein. I imagine it would be good on toast and waffles as well, though my preferred form of eating it has been with my spoon.

I love pumpkin spice flavored things and I am missing my PSLs this fall like nothing else. This helps fill that hole in my heart/stomach a little bit.

I’m looking forward to seeing how these added sups will increase my strength and endurance in the gym which will lead to me being stronger.

Workout Rundown

This past week went pretty well. I ran every day and even kept up with the P90X. As I mentioned in my last entry, I even finished Yoga X, though not in one go.

To be honest, I’m not sure P90X is entirely for me. The workouts are great, but they take so long and it’s hard to find the time to do both that and my running and I know I’m always going to pick running over Tony Horton. Sorry, Tony!

So far the workout I enjoyed most was Shoulders & Arms

I still like having something to complement my running so I’ll keep hunting around. Until then, I’m back to my friend Lee Labrada and his 12-week program. Today was a leg day and I’m sure I’ll feel it tomorrow.

Dopey training steps up this week. I am not sure yet how I will find the time to get the long run in, but I’ll figure it out. It can be a little difficult to carve out several hours in my schedule right now. I’ll do my best and that’s the best I can do.

What I Want vs What I Need

Have you ever noticed how hard it is sometimes to do the things we know we need to do, but may not be the things we want to do? Like eating all of our vegetables, making sure we go to the gym, and not skipping workouts in P90X.

I don’t like Yoga X.

There, I said it.

I had heard about it but I figured, I like yoga, I can handle it. I woke up early yesterday to make sure I had time for it and I got tired of it 45 minutes through and hit pause.

Why are we dong so many vinyasas? I’m tired of this. Warrior pose is boring.

The thing is, I definitely need yoga. I need the balance and the flexibility and the mental dedication. Which is why after I ran my workout for Dopey yesterday, I came back and finished Yoga X.

What we need isn’t always what we want, but a lot of time will get us where we want to be.


Turn On for What?

Back home in Alaska, sometimes it would get too cold to workout outside (imagine that!) so once in a while we’d be treated to P90X or Insanity. I knew that when I got here and lost our gym that I’d need something to keep me motivated, so I ordered P90 thinking it was P90X.

It wasn’t what I’d really wanted, but I tried it out anyway and was happily surprised at what a good workout it was, especially the ab workouts.

I still wanted P90X though so next paycheck I treated myself. Some people might wonder why I bothered to keep with a DVD physical fitness program when I have a gym now, and honestly, it’s because it’s fun. I like pushing myself, I like the cheesy jokes and I like the challenge aspect of it.

Look what showed up here!

Look what showed up here!

I did the first day, Chest & Back, but skipped the Ab workout because I was short on time and had to get a run in still. The workout was HARD! So hard! I even do push-ups on a regular basis because it’s part of out PT test and it was still really challenging.

Some of the main criticisms of the program are how long its workouts are. I can see, especially since Yoga X is 90 minutes long. I think I am going to have to find new ways to wake up in the morning to get it in. I wish I could just do it during the day with the rest of my workout, but as I’m training for Dopey there are some days where I’d have to shortchange it in favor of miles and I don’t want to do that.

Cheesy bathroom selfie

Cheesy bathroom selfie

I’m looking forward to seeing how I get stronger and leaner though it’s going to be hard to get myself motivated to wake up early when we work such long days here.